8.286 The Early Universe


Class Info

Introduction to modern cosmology. First half deals with the development of the big bang theory from 1915 to 1980, and latter half with recent impact of particle theory. Topics: special relativity and the Doppler effect, Newtonian cosmological models, introduction to non-Euclidean spaces, thermal radiation and early history of the universe, big bang nucleosynthesis, introduction to grand unified theories and other recent developments in particle theory, baryogenesis, the inflationary universe model, and the evolution of galactic structure.

This class has 18.03 as a prerequisite.

8.286 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by A. Guth.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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